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Awards, Honors, and Grants


June 06, 2022

Liu Receives National Institute of Mental Health Research Grant

Cindy H. Liu, PhD


Cindy H. Liu, PhD, of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry, was awarded an Investigator-Initiated Research Grant (R01) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for her research project titled “Discrimination and Racial Socialization on Asian American Parent and Youth Mental Health.”

Liu will study how anti-Asian hate affects the health of Asian American families. Through an innovative mixed-methods research process, the study will examine ways in which Asian American parents and adolescents discuss and address anti-Asian discrimination and will investigate the effects of exposures to discrimination on Asian American adolescent mental health.

Liu, director of Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Laboratory, is a clinical psychologist and researcher focusing on stress and mental health across child and adult development, with special attention to addressing disparities affecting underserved and disadvantaged populations. She is also a Tynan Faculty Research Fellow within the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology.

The NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental health disorders, with a mission of transforming the treatment and understanding of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research.